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Husband, wife found dead in Durham County home

Posted February 16, 2010

— The bodies of a Durham couple were found Monday in their Boylan Road home in Durham County, according to a search warrant.

Deputies responded after a neighbor went to check on the couple and found them dead inside the home.

Investigators said Anna Wright, 76, and her husband Charles Wright, 78, had been shot to death.

Authorities said the Wrights both had serious medical conditions, and it appeared that Charles Wright shot his wife before killing himself.


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  • familyfour Feb 17, 2010

    Cannot imagine how hard it must have been for him to come to choosing a shortened life over the anguish of pain and suffering.

    We have an awesome world, a country rich in technology and know how, yet, our elderly must consider THIS!? That should have been the title to the article........if they were going to use it for press....

  • DandyJenn Feb 17, 2010

    oh how sad. these people lived around the corner from my future in laws. we were just there on sunday. very tragic.

  • enigma1469 Feb 17, 2010

    This is something that is trajic, and should have been left out of the news. WRAL only cares about healines, not about what's morally right.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 17, 2010

    Exactly, rescuefan, these people need a better way to end their lives.

    Meanwhile, someone who actually helps people with decisions like this, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, got put in jail for 8 years by so-called "do gooders" trying to micromanage other people's lives.


  • Been there once Feb 17, 2010

    Way to Go wondermom24kids, I couldn't agree more. Thank you.

  • wondermom24kids Feb 17, 2010

    I can only imagine the pain and despiration these people felt to make such a drastic choice. All we can do now is pray for the repose of their souls:

    Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord and may Thy perpetual Light shine upon them now and forever more and their souls rest in peace. Amen.

  • wondermom24kids Feb 17, 2010

    To prettylittleangeleyes: Judge not lest you be judged, for the measure with which you judge, will measure by which you will be judged.

    God has boundless mercy and grace. You were not there. You don't know the last moments between the husband, the wife and God. I pray you receive more grace and mercy than you have shown.

  • BubbaDuke Feb 17, 2010

    Very sad. Imagine the hopelessness that one must feel to take the life of a loved one, and himself. Is this the future for more senior citizens?

    Both of my parents were admitted to a nursing home because the children could not quit work to take care of them. My father lasted 6 months; my mother, 3 weeks. From my personal experience, nursing homes do not pay the caretakers enough for them to care about the residents. There is a certain indignity to finish your life surrounded by strangers and cared for by strangers. I suppose they didn't want to be a burden - and that's sad because family should not be a burden, but a blessing.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Feb 17, 2010

    Con, I agree with you completely.

    Kerr, you are very welcome. I loved working with the elderly; I guess because all of my grandparents died when I was very young, so I just "adopted" everyone else's! :D

  • Con Amor luvs u regardless Feb 17, 2010

    How sad. I guess that they didnt want to go slowly. It is very tragic, but I do hope that the wife agreed to this & it wasnt just an idea that the husband came up with on his own. If he loved her so much, that he never wanted her to have to endure any more suffering, then I'm sure that it was the hardest thing that he ever had to do. My heart goes out to the family, and if the act was not malicious, I pray that God has mercy on this mans soul.